Evening Stockings

for a Young Lady

Weldons, Volume 15, Fiftieth Series, 1900, page 5

Original specifies 3Vi ounces of Silkensheen by J. and J. Baldwin; four steel #15 (U.S. 000; 1.5 mm) needles.

This stocking was originally designed to come above the knee, but I have reworked it as a long sock, 12" (30.5 cm) above the heel flap. I've used the same number of rows in the ribbing and kept the pattern as close to the original as possible, placing fewer stitches in the leg and therefore fewer decreases down the leg to the ankle. From there, 1 have followed the pattern as it was written, working a Dutch Heel and Round Toe variation. The original heel flap is longer than usual, but I've kept it that way because I wanted to see how it worked out. Lovely.

Finished Size 7" (18 em) foot circumference, 12" (30.5 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 9" (23 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 67? to 77?,

Yarn About 549 yd (502 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used The Alpaca Yarn Company Glimmer (97% baby alpaca, 3% polyester; 183 yd [167 m]/50 g; 23 wraps per inch): #0100 natural, 3 skeins.

Needles Size 1 (2.5 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 22 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

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